Far from it, says interior designer Ronnie Choong, who is the executive director of S.I. Design.
: 'You will find more and more technology being used.'
believes that the smarthome will take off in another five years.
Choong, who is also president of the Malaysian Society of Interior Designers, says: "You will find more and more technology being used - be it in a home, office, or a retail or F&B outlet.
You will find that there's more technology - not just wireless - making an impact on interiors.
That is what's happening now and (what I believe will continue to happen) in the future."
It is a case of technology making life more convenient, user-friendly and simple.
According to Choong
, people now have a lot less equipment in their homes as opposed to their grandparents' and great-grandparents' time.
says, "People will definitely buy converged devices and this will influence the interiors.
That's why nowadays you have smarthomes where you can control almost everything from your remote control commander, even when you're away from the house.
"This includes your security system, air-conditioning, lighting and webcam, and you don't even have to be at home
to do it."
Even security devices are changing the way we design our homes and how we live.
wishes that there would be a day when houses in Malaysia would not need grilles.
explains that with wireless technology in home theatre systems, people are no longer limited in where and how they place their hifi.
To what extent our homes will be smart is yet to be seen," says Choong
According to him, current smarthome systems include security, lighting, airconditioning and window control.
says that while there are still not many units of smarthomes, there will be more elements of technology seeping into our homes and making them smarter.
The price is just too prohibitive right now," says Choong
The early adopters of technology will have to face the high price, the fear of not getting people to service the things they have and the lack of support, says Choong